Wattco Partners With Prominent Nonprofit Organization to Provide Energy Solutions to Developing Countries

Wattco, a leading manufacturer of custom-built electric heating solutions, continues to provide heating technology that impacts energy availability in remote, underdeveloped villages in Africa. 

In November 2017, a prominent nonprofit foundation hired Wattco to develop a new product as part of its energy generation initiative. Wattco engineers developed a molten salt heating solution that could reach higher temperatures than traditional heaters, which were limited by the maximum temperature of alloys such as steel. After finding success in initial deployments, the initiative continues to expand to new locations.

Many remote villages in Africa are not connected to a larger power grid and must rely on diesel-powered generators for electricity. Molten salt heating opens up new opportunities and accessibility for power, as it is a viable solution for generating energy in remote areas. Unlike other solutions that may require a body of water to generate clean energy, molten salt heating can be established anywhere. 

Molten salt is known for its high operating temperature and low melting point, which makes it an extremely efficient heat transfer medium. It also benefits from low corrosivity, low toxicity, and low vapor pressure.

“These new technologies will help make electricity more prevalent and available for clean water, food, and other crucial aspects necessary to develop a thriving society,” said Jason Toledano, CEO of Wattco. “Wattco is always eager to take on new challenges, and knowing our solution can enhance lives around the world makes the project even more satisfying.”